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UGRD Staff Profiles

  • AJ Howell-Williams

    Director of Transfer, Athletics and International Admission

    A.J. is a native of San Jose, CA but has spent time in each of the four corners of the country. A former transfer student and athlete, A.J. oversees the Transfer process and is the Admission liaison for Athletics recruitment. An admission veteran, A.J. has worked in higher education for over a decade and is also a published author.

  • Becky Konowicz

    Dean of Undergraduate Admission

    Becky has been working in university admissions since 2004 and arrived at Santa Clara in 2013. As Dean, she is responsible for setting and leading the strategic direction of all admission and recruitment efforts for first-year and transfer students, including oversight of all technical, and marketing initiatives. Having lived abroad and spent the early part of her career working with international students, she finds continued enjoyment in working with students from all backgrounds and experiences to support their journey towards a higher education degree. Having served on various panels, boards and committees, she most recently volunteered on the Executive Board for the International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC). Becky lives in Campbell, CA with her husband and enjoys the access to the beach and mountains that the Bay Area affords.

  • Eryn Olson

    Sr. Associate Director of Admission (Marketing & Communications)

    Born and raised in a beach suburb of Los Angeles, Eryn moved up to northern California to start her life as a Bronco in 2012. While working for the Santa Clara Magazine, she enjoyed meeting and writing about current students and alumni. Now, as Associate Director in Undergraduate Admission, she helps prospective students and families see if SCU fits as part of their life story, too.

  • Eva Blanco Masias

    Vice President for Enrollment Management

    Eva has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office since 2003. As VP for Enrollment Management, she serves on the president's cabinet and oversees the operations of undergraduate admission, university financial aid, and enrollment services. Eva worked for ten years in Latino media as a leader in ad sales and marketing for several start-up operations launching into Latin American and the U.S. Hispanic market, including Fox Latin American Channel, USA Networks, Discovery Networks, and El Sition.com. She has served on several boards and committees of local and national non-profit organizations and is currently President of the National Catholic College Admission Association. Originally from Venice Beach, Eva lives in San Jose with her husband and young daughter.

  • Lorenzo Gamboa

    Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach

    Lorenzo is originally from a very small town with eight graduating seniors in his public high school class. Coming from a close-knit community, he is familiar with the assumptions and fears one may have when considering leaving town for college. Reflecting on his own journey of college, he aspires to clarify the daunting experience for other first-generation students that he once faced himself. Lorenzo has over ten years of experience in college advising and currently oversees new initiatives.

  • Michaela Ahlstrom

    Associate Director of Admission (International and Transfer)

    Michaela is a former transfer student and graduate of Santa Clara University. After graduation, Michaela went on to receive her Master’s degree from King’s College London. Michaela is a forever learner, teacher and adviser. She is passionate about the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Michaela is excited to work with incoming first-year and transfer students and advise students from all backgrounds through the process of accessing higher education.

  • Randy Wang

    Associate Director of Admission (Marketing & Communications)

    Although Randy was born in Boston, he grew up and attended school in San Jose. As the first person in his family to attend college, he hopes to share his experiences with other students looking for advice. As a former teacher, he is passionate about education and has always been committed to helping students reach their goals. After earning his M.B.A. from SCU, Randy is now Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission.

  • Gerardo Miranda

    Associate Director of Admission (Marketing & Communications)

    Gerardo was born and raised in Los Angeles. While he was in college, Gerardo found a passion for working with high school students and their post-secondary goals. He began working as a college access counselor with grant-based programs such as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) and EAOP (Early Academic Outreach Program) in Santa Cruz County. Gerardo is passionate about assisting first-generation and first-time college students in finding a home away from home. As a first-generation student himself, Gerardo aims to make the application and admission process as easy as possible for both students and families.

  • Nayeli Carmona Perez

    Admission Counselor

    Nayeli is a former transfer and first-generation college student from Santa Clara University. Prior to becoming an undergraduate admission counselor, Nayeli has worked as an attorney’s assistant for an immigration lawyer and has interned at a family law office. Her experience as a fluent bilingual (spanish/english) has allowed her to volunteer as an interpreter/translator for attorneys and clients. Nayeli is very passionate about helping her community. She understands the barriers that can arise for many students and parents that navigate through the process of seeking a higher education. As an undergraduate admission counselor, she hopes to become a resource that will allow many to reach their dreams and achieve their educational goals. Nayeli es una ex estudiante universitaria transferida y de primera generación de la Universidad de Santa Clara. Antes de convertirse en consejera de admisión de pregrado, Nayeli trabajó como asistente de abogado para un abogado de inmigración y realizó una pasantía en una oficina de derecho de familia. Su experiencia como bilingüe con fluidez (español / inglés) le ha permitido ser voluntaria como intérprete / traductora para abogados y clientes. A Nayeli le apasiona ayudar a su comunidad. Ella comprende las barreras que pueden surgir para muchos estudiantes y padres que atraviesan el proceso de buscar una educación superior. Como consejera de admisión de pregrado, espera convertirse en un recurso que permitirá a muchos alcanzar sus sueños y alcanzar sus metas educativas.

  • Zucel Aguilar

    Associate Director of Admission (Events & Community Engagement)

    Zucel is a San Jose native and is passionate about improving college access for all students. As a first generation and former transfer student, she is passionate about supporting students through the college application process. Jesuit education has played a large role in her life--hopefully, it will for you too.

  • Derrick Hwa

    Assistant Director of Admission (Marketing & Communications)

    Derrick grew up in the Bay Area before heading down to Southern California to get his bachelors and masters degree. He is now back in the Bay Area serving as an Assistant Director in the Undergraduate Admissions Office. He is passionate in supporting students to discover their identities and achieve their goals. In this role, he hopes to increase college access and to be a resource for students to understand the college application process and how college can be used as a tool to achieve their dreams and passions.

  • Desiree Recarte

    Assistant Director of Admission (Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach)

    Desiree (she/her) grew up in Baldwin Park, a city located in the central San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. Desiree has always had a passion for helping others and representing underrepresented communities. Prior to becoming an undergraduate admission counselor, Desiree has worked professionally providing academic and personal advisement to undocumented and LGBTQ+ identifying community college students. She hopes to continue inspiring and advocating for students and being the voice to underserved communities.

  • Jasmine Jimenez

    Undergraduate Admission Counselor

    Jasmine is a San Jose native and first-generation college transfer student from Santa Clara University. As a first gen. Latina, Jasmine is familiar with the challenges minority students face in higher education. Jasmine is passionate about helping the Spanish-speaking community and has used her interpreting and translating skills to help Spanish speakers navigate through their immigration application process during her internship at the International Rescue Committee. As an Admission Counselor, she aspires to be a source of support and advocacy for first generation students seeking to break barriers and succeed in their higher education journey.

  • Kristin Burckhard

    Senior Associate Director of Admission (Marketing & Communications)

    Kristin grew up in a small town in Connecticut and relocated to California as a young adult. After attending college in Southern California, she settled in the Bay Area where she grew her family and built a successful high-tech marketing career alongside some of the brightest Silicon Valley minds. As a strong believer in both the value of education and the youth of today, Kristin's career aspirations shifted toward academia where she finds guiding prospective students through their journey an exciting and rewarding endeavor.